Are There Really Any Reasons to Drink Bottled Water

One of the fastest growing businesses over the past 10 years has been bottled water. At first, it just seemed to be an unnecessary fad, and then it turned into a pretty nice convenience for those that enjoy hiking, camping, and exercising. After all, rather than having to find a drinking fountain or a clean stream, you could just pull out your bottle of water and know exactly what you’re drinking.

But then, it actually went far beyond just that. Bottled water companies have done a great job marketing their product and also in destabilizing our certainty in our very own tap water. I recently heard an ad that explained how clean and pure their bottled water was, and then they posed the question, “Do you really want to know what you’re drinking from your faucet?” They made tap water sound so bad with that question, but they of course didn’t back up that question with any factual evidence that proved there was anything wrong with tap water. So, today, you’ll not only see bottled water in the hands of everyone while they’re out on the road, but you’ll also see refrigerators stocked full of them! Is this really necessary? And this can’t be eco-friendly, can it?

Bottled Water is Just Water

While there are claims from every bottled water company that their water is the best and the most pure, their water is still just water, and is hardly any different than what we drink from our tap. But, by claiming that their water is superior, they are able to charge a huge price compared to your tap water. For instance, let’s say that you can find a bottle of water for $1. It sounds like a good deal compared to that $4 Frappuccino or your $2 soft drink, but that still leaves your with a cost of 5 cents per ounce, which equates to $6.40 per gallon. Do you know how much your tap water costs? About $0.01 per gallon. That bottled water is a rip-off.

Terrible For the Environment

Do you have any idea how much plastic waste is created each year just from bottle water alone? 1.5 million tons of waste per year! Not only are we overspending on the water, but we are loading up our landfills at record rates! You might be thinking, “But I thought that many of these plastic bottles are recyclable?” While this is true, the bottles actually have to be recycled in order to be reused. Many of the bottles are just thrown away (about 80% of them), and still others are just thrown alongside the road and into our streams and oceans. Overall, these bottles are not improving our environment. Nope, they are in fact hurting it tremendously.

So What Can You Do?

Quite obviously, the first step is to stop buying those plastic bottles. Instead, go to your local store and pick up a stainless steel water container. Fill it up with that tap water and you’ll not only be saving yourself a bunch of money, but you’ll also be saving the environment at the same time!

 

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What Do Career Colleges Have to Offer?

Anyone that wants to start a career or wants to move forward in their career knows that post-secondary education is an important part of that process. The days of landing a well-paid position straight out of university are gone, with more employers than ever looking for practical skills and experience. College helps you get the training you need to be successful. But what do career colleges really have to offer?

Of course, every college is going to be different but you may want to consider the following:

1. Training by Industry Professionals

Career colleges usually employ professionals that are not only trained in the field that they teach but also have real life experience. Sometimes it is this real life experience that enables instructors to impart the most important knowledge to their students. Instructors have actually worked in the field so they know what employers expect from staff, what skills will help you get the job, and what skills you need to move forward in your career.

2. The Best Learning Materials

Career colleges are committed to providing students with the most recent learning material possible. Sometimes that means the latest addition of text books but that can also include other media such as films, audio learning, and online learning. Other learning materials may include guest speakers that work in the industry and employ graduates and class trips that take students on location for personal observation.

3. Experience

Many career colleges are so committed to helping graduates get jobs that they are even providing them with the chance to get work experience. They do this through a practicum credit. Students that attend career colleges which offer practicums are able to work at a business that employs students who are trained in their field of study. Not only do they get to do the work that they have been trained to do but they also get a chance to work with professionals, build relationships, and sometimes they are even able to attend industry events and network.

As you can see, a career college might be the right choice for you if you are focused on learning the skills you need to launch a successful career. Canadian career colleges aim to get you working in your chosen field as quickly as possible, so you spend less time out of the workforce and more time making your new wage!

Westervelt College is a career college located in London, Ontario. Westervelt offers programs in the Faculties of Business, Healthcare, Technology, Service, and Law.

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Preventing credit card fraud

Credit cards are surely one of the most efficient financial products out there. They make life more convenient if you have to cover an emergency regardless of whether you’re at home or abroad.

They are lightweight, don’t take up any bulk and using them often earns you points which can be redeemed for all kinds of useful products and services. On top of this, they are widely-accepted both in stores and online.

The widespread use of credit cards has a potentially dark side though; identity fraud.

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada says that thousands of Canadians are victims of credit card fraud each year so following these tips to prevent credit card fraud is essential.

 The basics

It may be tempting to allow people who are close to you to use your credit card but this is not advisable. You can’t necessarily monitor where they are spending and this could make you more vulnerable to attack.

Another obvious tip is to destroy a credit card as soon as it expires so that your details cannot be obtained. Some paper shredders are strong enough to cut through the plastic but otherwise a pair of decent scissors should do the job.

Take care online

Shopping online has a host of advantages, the most obvious of which is convenience. It’s no wonder then that shopping online has risen considerably over the past few years but what risks does this open you up to?

To make your online shopping experience a secure as possible you should only use what are called ‘secure’ web pages.  You know this is the case if the address starts with ‘https’ (the ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’).

Also, if there is a locked padlock symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the browser you are shopping on a secure web page. Don’t be fooled by padlock symbols in other areas of the webpage as these could be an attempt to make a fraudulent site appear legitimate.

 Get protected

It’s wise to choose a credit card provider which takes your security seriously and offers necessary support and advice in the event of identity theft.

Credit cards are protected through a sophisticated screening network which can spot transactions which look unusual and potentially fraudulent.

Under a ‘Fraud Protection Guarantee’, an Amex customer will not be held responsible for any charges which are fraudulent if they have been responsible about protecting their card details.

This kind of scheme is worth its weight in gold for your peace of mind.

Check statements

Set aside a regular time to check credit card transaction receipts against your statement.

Doing this online every week is recommended as it will give you the chance to keep on top of any irregularities.

 

 

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